Chocolate and zucchini cupcakes with nuts - what could be better? Use pecans in place of walnuts if you like.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, beat eggs with sugar for about 10 minutes or until thickened and pale. Blend oil and cooled chocolate into the beaten egg mixture.

  • In a small bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir flour mixture into egg mixture until just blended. Stir in zucchini and chopped nuts. Using an ice-cream scoop, spoon batter into 24 paper-lined or greased muffin cups, filling the cups 2/3 full.

  • Bake for 20 minutes or until fork or toothpick inserted in a cupcake's center comes out clean. Let cool in pans on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; let cool completely. Spread with chocolate frosting and garnish with walnut or pecan halves.

Nutrition Facts

316 calories; 18.3 g total fat; 23 mg cholesterol; 171 mg sodium. 37.8 g carbohydrates; 3.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2005
These cupcakes are easy and delicious. I did make a couple of modifications though. The recipe just didn't seem chocolate-y enough for me so I doubled the amount and added 2 extra Tbsp of sugar. Excessive perhaps but mmmmmm. I substituted a 1/2 cup of applesauce for 1/2 the oil. I also added 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and 1 tsp of cinnamon. I forgot to put in the nuts and didn't frost them. 4 for the original recipe - 5 for my revised one! - henry's girlfriend Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/28/2004
Wasn't that impressed. Maybe it was because I used applesauce instead of oil. Seemed like it was missing something. Maybe I'll try once more and add vanilla as someone suggested. The frosting was the best part of these. Read More
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206 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 145
  • 4 star values: 45
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2005
These cupcakes are easy and delicious. I did make a couple of modifications though. The recipe just didn't seem chocolate-y enough for me so I doubled the amount and added 2 extra Tbsp of sugar. Excessive perhaps but mmmmmm. I substituted a 1/2 cup of applesauce for 1/2 the oil. I also added 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and 1 tsp of cinnamon. I forgot to put in the nuts and didn't frost them. 4 for the original recipe - 5 for my revised one! - henry's girlfriend Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2005
These cupcakes are easy and delicious. I did make a couple of modifications though. The recipe just didn't seem chocolate-y enough for me so I doubled the amount and added 2 extra Tbsp of sugar. Excessive perhaps but mmmmmm. I substituted a 1/2 cup of applesauce for 1/2 the oil. I also added 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and 1 tsp of cinnamon. I forgot to put in the nuts and didn't frost them. 4 for the original recipe - 5 for my revised one! - henry's girlfriend Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2007
Absolutely terrific! Per the other reviews I doubled the chocolate and reduced the oil to 3/4 cup (didn't need to add any applesauce to make up for it but there is additional fat in the extra 2 squares of chocolate.) I grated golden zucchini with the skin on and used white whole wheat flour because I try to get as much fiber in as I can for my kids. I used white chocolate chips instead of nuts because my kids won't eat nuts. They turned out GREAT! Oh and get this I was gonna' make frosting but my 11 year old son (who normally thinks frosting is the best part ) told me not to. I made a batch of mini-muffins with the batter first and sprinkled them with powdered sugar because the kids were hungry and I was running out of time. My son had one and said the powdered sugar was perfect and frosting them wouldn't make them any better! Try them; you'll like them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2012
I made two small changes in this recipe--I cut the sugar back to a cup and I halved the vegetable oil and used one half cup homemade applesauce. Baked at 350 mine were done at 20 minutes. Mine did not turn out like cupcakes they were more like muffins. Even so the flavor of these was fantastic......even with the substituted applesauce. VERY moist. The whole family loved these. NOTE: I got 18 "muffins" from one recipe not 24. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2004
These were easy to make and they turned out really well -- very moist. I was looking for a cupcake recipe that wasn't too sugary (because I worry about all the sugar that kids are fed) for my son's third birthday. I left out the nuts because I wasn't sure if the kids would like them. I added a teaspoon of vanilla just to give the batter a richer taste -- I don't know if it really made a difference or not. I frosted them lightly with a simple buttercream frosting. Delicious! (And the chocolate color hides the presence of the zucchini from picky young ones.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2008
These are absolutely delicious! I think after making these I actually prefer these to regular chocolate cake because they are incredibly moist and yummy! I made a few changes: First I doubled the chocolate in these to add a richer flavor as some other reviewers mentioned. Second I used 3/4 C applesauce and only 1/4 C oil. I am a health nut and I can't in good conscience use 1 C of oil! The result was perfect and these are de-lish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2003
These were very good. I used applesauce instead of oil and I made a silky chocolate butter frosting. Delicious!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2003
These cupcakes were great. I received an extremely large zucchini from my brother's garden and decided I needed lots of different recipes to experiment with and this one definitely made the grade. The cupcakes were moist and the chocolate frosting is a great addition. My husband was a little surprised when he bit into one because he thought they were just plain chocolate cupcakes but he said they were good even with the zucchini added. This will be a great way to get the kids to eat their vegetables. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2005
I made these for a social gathering and they were snatched up immediately. I had actually used whole wheat flour instead of white which seemed to give the cupcakes more of a muffin-like texture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2009
Fantastic! My kids had no idea there was zucchinni in them at all!:) As per other reviews I doubled the chocolate and used 3/4 cup applesauce & 1/4 cup oil. I din't have baking chocolate so I used cocoa powder (2T unsweetened cocoa powder & 1 T vegetable oil for each chocolate square and I used whole wheat flour. I will definitely use these again and would even make them more frequently because it's a treat I can feed my kids that's special yet more nutritious. I did use chocolate icing with sprinkles but lightly--just enough to make the sprinkles stick. update These are also good without icing on top as just plain chocolate muffins! We now make these about once a month freezing half for later in the month and eat them as muffins for snack or desert. Wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/28/2004
Wasn't that impressed. Maybe it was because I used applesauce instead of oil. Seemed like it was missing something. Maybe I'll try once more and add vanilla as someone suggested. The frosting was the best part of these. Read More
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